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Painted Love Letters (2002)

by Catherine Bateson

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In this story of love and loss and acceptance, the painted love letters of the title are two coffins painted with love by an artist dying of lung cancer after a lifetime of smoking.

This is not a story of doctors, cold hospital corridors and bedside vigils. Chrissie, the daughter, tells the story of a family turned upside-down, and of the ways the members intimately connected with death and dying handle it: Dave (Dad), Mum, Nan, and in particular, Chrissie.

A book of courage and hope, Painted Love Letters has an authentic feel to it and lingers with the reader long after the final page. It is beautifully crafted and an art motif runs throughout, enlivening and brightening it.

Honour CBCA, Book of the Year: Older Readers, 2003
Very short and easy to read. ( )
  dalzan | Apr 22, 2013 |
Yr 7 - Yr 8
Dave is dying. Chrissie, Mum, Nan and Badger are going to be left behind. Because sometimes life is like that. "Painted love letters" ... a story of the heart. ( )
  mcgarry | Nov 27, 2007 |
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"Dave is dying. Chrissie, Mum, Nan and Badger are going to be left behind. Sometimes life is like that--Back cover.

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